(2008)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

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90
An extraordinary documentary.
90
Variety
By getting Tyson to open up as he has, Toback has succeeded in illuminating one of the most polarizing, complex and -- the film almost forces one to admit -- misunderstood figures of our time.
90
No filmmaker I know has gotten as close to a professional athlete as James Toback gets to Mike Tyson in his new documentary.
90
Tyson is more like a particularly riveting therapy session, with Tyson as both analyst and patient.
80
Very humane portrait of a potentially extremely unlikeable character.
80
If you’re not really interested in Mike Tyson as a boxer and a person, the film doesn't give you much to go on. This is a movie called Tyson and it is about Mike Tyson – and nothing else.
80
It's a sympathetic portrait of a complex man driven by an anger that still bubbles beneath the surface.
75
Ultimately, this may be the closest we'll ever get to understanding how Mike feels about himself, and there's value in viewing that assessment.
67
The result is flashy, but the meaning is a bit of a bob and weave.
67
Tyson can be brutal with himself, but Toback's fawning documentary lets him off easy.

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